Chapter 5

Deal or No Deal? Buying Hacks and Searching Tips


Bullet Getting real-world buying advice on vintage items

Bullet Ferreting out solid online buying advice

Bullet Finding information sources for savvy buyers

Bullet Conducting a special item search on eBay

Picture all the stores you’ve ever seen in your life, located in one humungous mall. You walk in and try to find the single item you’re looking for (not an easy proposition). Consider also walking into a store with thousands of aisles of shelves with tens of millions of items on them.

Browsing the categories of listings on eBay can be just as pleasantly mind-boggling, without the prospect of sore feet. Start surfing around the site, and you instantly understand the size and scope of what’s for sale there. Everything. Without question, you’ll feel overwhelmed at first, but eBay comes up with lots of ways to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. As soon as you figure out how to find the items you want to bid on or buy on eBay, you can protect your investment-to-be by making sure that what you find is actually what you seek. ...

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